internationalityRobotThe latest report from the Federation (IFR) shows that theIndustrial RobotThe number reached a record level. The report also found that strong sales numbers continued, offering some hope that the robotics industry was relatively immune to the impact of Covid-19.
The World Robots 2020 Industrial Robots report found that 2.7 million robots are already at work globally. Sales of new robots remain high, with 373,000 units shipped worldwide in 2019, a 12% drop from the previous year – but still the third-largest volume on record.
“Today, the inventory of industrial robots operating in factories around the world is at an all-time high,” said Milton Guri, president of the International Federation of Robotics.
“This has grown by around 85% globally in five years (2014-2019), driven by success stories of smart production and automation. The most recent decline in sales is 12%, reflecting both automotive and electrical/electronics. A difficult time for a major customer industry.”
“Beyond that, the impact of the coronavirus on the global economy cannot be fully assessed. Adjusting to the ‘new normal’ will define the remaining months of 2020,” he continued.
The report found that Asia remains the strongest market for industrial robots, with new equipment installed there and accounting for about two-thirds of global supply.
China remains by far the largest adopter in the region, with 783,000 robots in 2019, an increase of 21% – although sales that year were below the record levels of 2017 and 2018, they were still up from five years ago doubled. Japan came in second at 355,000, up 12 percent, while India rose 15 percent to 26,300.
In Europe, Germany remains the main user with around 221,500 robots, three times as many as Italy (74,400), five times as many as France (42,000) and ten times as many as the UK (21,700). .
The adoption of human-Robot collaboration is also increasing, with cobot installations growing by 11%. With more suppliers than ever cobots offering cobots and a growing range of applications, the market share reached 4.8% of the total of 373,000 industrial robots installed in 2019, making it a fast-growing market But the market is still in its infancy.
The report also takes a look at the post-COVID-19 future, arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic will have a heavy impact on 2020, and it does offer an opportunity to modernize and digitize production as the world recovers.
“In the long run, the benefits of increasing the number of robot installations are constant,” IFR said in a press release.
“Quick production and delivery of customized products at competitive prices are the main incentives. Automation enables manufacturers to keep production in advanced economies or move it to other countries without sacrificing cost efficiency.”
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